We ‘Take 5’ with Armidale’s tourism manager, Tony Broomfield.
Having moved to Australia from the Cotswolds in the UK 10 years ago, Tony Broomfield and his Australian wife were seeking a cooler climate town in the high country to call home. With its great lifestyle and rolling countryside not unlike that of the motherland, Armidale was the natural choice.
What’s the best place for a weekend hike?
You needn’t travel too far to get to some stunning walks at the gorges. Dangars Falls has some great walks, and is just a 25-minute drive from town.
Your favourite spot to watch the sunset?
Head to Apex Lookout on North Hill, especially in the Autumn when the trees are ablaze in red, yellow and orange.
The perfect Sunday drive?
Head north to the Ebor-Guyra Road, then east towards Guyra to the village of Wongwibinda. Then take the Wollomombi-Wongwibin Road south to join Waterfall Way. This very pretty drive takes in a good quality dirt road with views over the gorge country through the very pretty rolling New England countryside.
Favourite picnic location?
Locals call it the Blue Hole, at the end of Castledoyle Road in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. It’s a lovely, shady picnic area beside the river with gas BBQs and picnic tables.
Armidale’s prettiest street?
Arguable Beardy Street Mall, which contains lovely old buildings including the Post Office, the Old Court House, the Imperial Hotel, and New England Hotel.